We love activated charcoal face masks. Sure, they might not look too good, but when did a home mask look nice at all? We have learned to use activated charcoal in our skincare routine because we know how good it is for our skin.
By the way, we talked about why activated carbon is good for the skin in this article.
Activated carbon has an amazing ability to bind to various impurities. Therefore, when this ingredient starts working on our skin, bacteria, dead cells, fat and toxins are simply destroyed. It works great with popular homemade mask ingredients like clay, honey, and yogurt. Thanks to this, the activated charcoal face masks can be made even more effective.
This mask removes toxins. It is ideal for those who have frequent acne, oily skin or acne breakouts.
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl or container. Stir the mixture with a wooden spoon. It is very important that you do not use metal utensils - clay absorbs metals and becomes less effective. Apply the mask to your face, being careful not to get on your clothes (charcoal can stain).
Leave the mask on for 10 minutes, then wash it off with warm water and dry your face with a soft cloth.
Although charcoal is 100% natural, it can be very strong, so we recommend testing this mask recipe on a small area of your skin before applying it to your face.
We do not recommend using this recipe for people with severe skin sensitivities.
Since a charcoal mask can flush out a lot of toxins, we recommend applying a moisturizer to keep your skin dry.
There are many skin care products available, from well-known products from major cosmetics manufacturers to simple folk methods. Today we will consider a substance that was originally used only as an additional home care, but at some point large companies producing daily care products became interested in its properties. We're talking about cosmetic clay. Today we will look at its effectiveness in fighting most skin problems, including acne, blackheads and excessive greasiness of the face, and also talk about how to make masks from white clay for acne and give some chic recipes.
But in this article we will only talk about classic white clay. In fact, there are many types of this product, which differ not only in their color palette, but also in properties for the skin. There is a moisturizing, regenerating, nourishing and disinfecting clay worth knowing more about. The properties of the product we are going to talk about today are very limited, and therefore it may not help with every problem. We recommend that you familiarize yourself with other species that we talked about here.
Another name for this substance that you may have heard in chemistry lessons is kaolin. It consists of kaolinite, of which almost all types of clays are composed. It is used in the production of toothpaste (which, by the way, can also be used to combat acne, which we talked about in this article), plain paper, glaze and food additives. But how can it be good for our skin? The fact is that kaolin has a strong absorbing effect. This means that it perfectly absorbs other substances. It is thanks to this property that it is useful in cosmetology. For example, in this way, the developers of skin care products have found that white clay is excellent at absorbing excess sebum and is even able to break down blackheads, pulling them out even from the deepest pores.
What else do we know? White clay deeply cleanses the skin and gives it elasticity. It has whitening properties, so it can be used to get rid of post acne. At the same time, it is also characterized by the advantages of all types of cosmetic clays - drawing out impurities from the deepest pores, cleansing the skin from sebum residues and drying acne. Its anti-inflammatory properties can slightly reduce preexisting acne and prevent new breakouts.
In addition, white clay is capable of:
⦁ lighten the skin (so, you can get rid of pigmentation and post-acne); ⦁ relieve inflammation (dry acne); ⦁ disinfect the skin; ⦁ even out the complexion; ⦁ cleanse and deeply detoxify the skin.
However, not everything is so smooth here - the same effect creates a certain specificity of the use of the substance as masks. It is necessary to follow the safety rules, which we will now tell you about. The fact is that the absorption properties are good if you have very oily skin, which gives rise to a huge number of pimples and blackheads. Kaolin absorbs everything into itself, freeing our skin from excess dirt. But the problem is that if you apply it on absolutely clean skin, on which there is no excess fat, the effect will be unpleasant. Clay will only dry out the skin, causing severe irritation. Therefore, it is necessary to apply the mask from it not immediately after washing. Wait at least another half hour, and only then carry out the procedure. Also, kaolin masks are not recommended for people with dry and sensitive skin. For owners of this type, there are green and blue clays, which have a softer effect.
So, we talked a little about the general properties of this substance, as well as the rules and dangers of its use for certain types of skin. Now it's time to explain how kaolin deals with the individual problems of our face. And we'll start with how whitening clay helps from blackheads. This is not the most serious problem, but rather unpleasant and with consequences - they can become inflamed and cause real acne. Therefore, it is worth cleansing your face of them before they cause a bunch of problems.
Blackheads appear due to the fact that the pores of the face are clogged with sebum and dirt. This mixture remains in the skin for a long time, since deep pores are difficult to clean, and if you do not have a special loop, then it is almost impossible to squeeze them out. But there are ways that help get rid of them in another way. One of these is the use of white clay masks. As we said in the previous section, kaolin has a strong absorbent effect. It literally draws the fat out of the pores, splitting the blackheads in parallel. Of course, this is not the fastest process. For this substance to have time to destroy all the points, several procedures may be needed, so do not expect a mind-blowing result from the first application.
Let us remind you that kaolin cannot be used by people with dry and sensitive skin. It can cause unnecessary irritation and dry out the epidermis. Therefore, we recommend that you abandon pure kaolin and use blue or green clay. A special tonic against blackheads with white clay can be just as effective. It has a softer effect, but at the same time it perfectly absorbs dirt.
Despite all the variety of cosmetics, many people still prefer to use home remedies and face masks for acne. The reason is that they do work, and sometimes they do even better than their professional counterparts made in factories. Plus, making them will definitely cost you less than buying an expensive skin care product.
Therefore, in this article we will talk about why homemade remedies and masks for acne are sometimes more effective and give recipes for the best of them.
Cheapness and sustainability are the main reasons many people choose to use home remedies and acne masks. Of course, their effectiveness cannot be compared with the effect of professional cosmetics for skin care, but with a limited budget, even such care will be better than nothing at all.
Remember that you should not expect the impossible from home skin care products, as these are nothing more than auxiliary preparations. For the same reason, they cannot be used as basic care.
In short, you can't completely replace cosmetics with this. However, if you do not have the money to buy professional masks, emulsions and peeling products, folk care will be an excellent option.
In addition, in some respects, this approach is even better than buying professional products. For example:
In any case, such care will definitely not harm you and will not cause a sudden allergy. Experimenting and trying something new is always worth it. Moreover, some products have indeed demonstrated their effectiveness in practice and turned out to be much better than purchased cosmetics.
Let's start with procedures and folk cosmetics. In general, it is assumed that all these recipes can literally replace all basic care, however we do not recommend this. It is better to use them as an additional one. Still, modern cosmetic preparations should be abandoned only if you are sure that homemade remedies for acne on the face are doing their job better.
In any case, it's up to you to decide. Our task is to tell you that all this can be done on your own and how it can affect your skin. Naturally, we selected only recipes that would have a positive effect on her condition.